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All About Digestive Enzymes

All About Digestive Enzymes Not everyone should be taking digestive enzyme supplements, and not all of them are created equal. As a health coach, I find that many people with digestive issues want to jump straight into using a supplement. And many times I would rather...

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How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

STRESS!!! Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree? Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flew....

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Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein, and Whey)

Having a food intolerance is not fun. It can cause abdominal pain, discomfort, and nausea. It also causes embarrassing symptoms like flatulence and diarrhea. Other symptoms linked to food intolerances include muscle or joint pain, headaches, exhaustion, and even skin...

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Food Preservatives

Part of the LEAN philosophy is Nutrition - How We Eat. As you learn more about healthier options it will help you make better choices that fuel your body for daily health, for the activities you choose (like running) and for recovery. Generally speaking, I would coach...

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Saturday Sit-Down 10-27-18

Let’s share some wins from the week! This has been a practice of mine for the last couple of years. My training suggested we do this. My coaching mentors suggested we do this. I suggest we do this. It’s important to take the time to appreciate what we get done in a...

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Common Weight Loss Myths Busted

Part of the reason you have taken interest in running is to lose weight or maybe maintain weight, right? So how do you figure out who to listen to as you get started on this journey? Weight loss advice is so common (and contentious) now. There are competing opinions...

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How to Improve Gut Health

Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” And while this may not be 100% true for every disease in every person, more and more research shows that our gut (digestive system) has a bigger role in many diseases than we used to think. And we're not just talking...

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Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Do you love your breakfast?  Do you have a short list of “go-to” recipes?  Do you need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again? Getting some protein at each meal can help with blood sugar management, metabolism, and weight loss.  This is because protein...

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Cholesterol Myths and What to Eat Instead

Why do you want to start running? Have you been given a health diagnosis (like high cholesterol) that suggests exercise and nutrition changes are needed to help manage it? What do you know about cholesterol? Over the years there has been an over-emphasis (or obsession...

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Why is My Metabolism Slow?

You may feel tired, cold or that you've gained weight.  Maybe your digestion seems a bit more “sluggish”. You may be convinced that your metabolism is slow. Why does this happen?  Why do metabolic rates slow down? What can slow my metabolism? Metabolism includes all...

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Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night

Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night? Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day? Is you're running program impacted? Do not fear, I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you! The science of sleep is fascinating,...

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Coffee – Who can drink it and who should avoid it?

Coffee is one of those things - you either love it or hate it. You know if you like the taste or not (or if it’s just a reason to drink sugar and cream). You know how it makes you feel (i.e. your gut, your mind, etc.). Not to mention the crazy headlines that say...

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Saturday Sit-Down 8/18/18

Value. I’m spending a tremendous amount of time on my marketing right now. Trying to articulate my ideal client and how I am going to speak to that client. It’s one of the most challenging things I’ve had to do. It has taken me a lot longer than I thought, and it’s...

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Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

Sometimes those holiday feasts are just amazing. And it's not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the decorations, and the ambiance. It is way too easy (and common) to indulge on those days. But it doesn't always stop there. Sometimes we overeat...

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What is metabolism?

What is Metabolism? This word “metabolism” is thrown around a lot these days. You know that if yours is too slow you might gain weight.  But what exactly does this all mean? Well technically “metabolism” is the word to describe all of the biochemical reactions in your...

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Saturday Sit-Down 8/4/18

Sitting here today I have a ton of thoughts running through my head. I’m following my father-in-law’s lead and capturing them in words. This may become a monthly review of what transpired and what is upcoming. August is a big ‘anniversary’ month for me. Later this...

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All In The Family

There are many reasons why people reach out for help. Sometimes that initial reason doesn’t end up being the true reason for the fitness and nutrition changes. I want to lose weight. I want to be healthier. I want to tone up. I want to eat better. They are the vague...

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Stress Sweet Spot

Stress has an impact on our nutrition and fitness goals. And everything else in our lives! Finding the ‘sweet spot’ can be a challenge, but when you do…you can punch it on all cylinders. As this graph from Precision Nutrition shows…our performance is at a peak when we...

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Diets vs Lifestyle Changes

Today I wanted to touch on dieting versus lifestyle changes. When asked what is the best diet. my answer is always the one you can live with long-term and still be successful.  Coaching confessions…I never truly tried any of these diets. I don’t have the patience to...

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Change Is Hard

Change is hard. And it is also inevitable. Things change. Some people fight it every step of the way. While others embrace the change and figure out what that means for them and how to make it the best for them. I experienced this many times during my corporate...

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Salad Swaps

When it’s hot outside a summer salad can do the trick! It’s easy to pull together and can be dialed up a notch or two with these five-ingredient swaps. 1.) Lettuce - choose greener options and skip the iceberg lettuce. Check out the link below describing other leafy...

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Gratitude

For the last 18 months, I’ve been consistent with completing my entries in The Five Minute Journal. I was out of town and had a week or so with a pretty hectic schedule. I stopped entering on a daily basis. I realized that it was missing from my daily routine and now...

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Back to the Basics

It’s Friday the 13th so I’m keeping it simple and going back to the basics. Here is a list of top 10 habits that I use when coaching clients. They are the guiding principles I live by daily to feel my best.  Eat slowly Eat to 80% full Eat lean proteins with each meal...

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How aware are YOU?

One of the skills we teach clients is awareness. How to become aware of what’s around you and what you are doing. That includes a number of different areas: food  drink movement emotions pain stress really anything impacting you physically, mentally and emotionally...

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Eating Outside Your Normal Environment

Many of you may be meeting family and friends at restaurants or outside of your normal environment as we approach the 4th of July and vacations this summer.  If you are working toward a fitness goal, restaurants may pose a threat.  While convenient and equipped with...

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Client A versus Client B

A Tale of Two Clients Take a look at the behaviors and outcomes of these two clients. Client A Attends gym once or twice a week with little outside activity Tracks food sporadically, but remembers other food items when reviewing it Doesn’t take the actions set for the...

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